Celebrating one million Xbox 360s sold in Japan, Microsoft's General Manager, Home & Entertainment Division in that country - Takashi Sensui - has announced a "Thank You"" campaign. This will see 1,000,000 Microsoft Points scattered around Nippon along with a free dashboard theme.
Seems like MS is taking Sony's (and Nintendo's) homeland very, very seriously indeed.
The campaign was announced at an Xbox event in Japan yesterday. Along with this came details of game releases, the launch of XNA Game Studio 3.1 and Xbox Live Community Games.
Third parties in attendance included: Capcom (with a message from Dead Rising's Keiji Inafune); Namco Bandai (with Magna Carta 2
's Yoshihisa Kanesaka); SEGA (Takayuki Kawagoe, End of Eternity
); Tri-Ace (Takayuki Suguro); Platinum Games (Yusuke Hashimoto). Games were also announced from Square Enix (no surprises there) and Taito. In short, a more than decent representation of Japanese support for the platform.
Included in the release line-up for Japan was... a localised version of Gears of War 2
(to the disgust of many a US blogger... for some reason).
So, the following games were mentioned for short of medium term release on the platform:0 Day Attack on EarthBanjo-TooieBattlestations PacificBayonettaBionic CommandoBlazBlueDead Rising 2Death SmilesDream ClubDynasty Warriors 6 Empires.Elder Scrolls Sivering Isles expansion.Extreme Racing PureFinal Fantasy Crystal DefendersGarou Mark of the WolvesH.A.W.X.Halo: ODSTKetsui ExtraKing of Fighters 2002: Unlimited MatchKing of Fighters XIIIKing of Fighters+ Sky StateKOF XIILode RunnerLost Planet 2Magna Carta 2Mamoru-kunMass EffectMega Man 9MLB 2K9NHL2K9O-D BeatdropOperation Flashpoint Dragon RisingProject CubePuzzle Bobble NEO!Samurai Spirits ShinSpace Invaders ExtremeTayutama Kiss on my Deity.Tekken 6Time LeapTop Spin 3Virtual-ONWanted Weapons of FateWWE Legends of WrestlemaniaX BladeYosumin LIVE!
A full blog of the event can be found over here